Hundreds paddle their way from Sudbury to the Sea

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Hundreds of canoes, kayaks and coracles made their way from Sudbury to the Sea as part of the town’s annual event on Saturday.

Organised by the River Stour Trust, some 300 assorted craft took to the River Stour to traverse its length to the point where it meets the sea at Brantham.

More than 500 people took part, ranging in age from the young to some in their 70s.

Covering a distance of 24.5 miles over the two days, participants camped overnight before paddling onwards on Sunday morning, through Stratford St Mary, Dedham and Flatford.

The River Stour Trust holds the event annually, not only to raise funds, but to ensure that the river is used, and the route is maintained for the enjoyment of all.

This year, around £4,000 was raised from the event, which trust administrator Jane Rogers said would be used for the “maintenance of the river, restoring locks and looking after the trust’s buildings”.

Mrs Rogers said the event went “extremely well” and was pleased with the amount raised.